Ann Marie Floch – Coming Out

“She really needed to know.”

I [counseled] one young woman who was gay. Finally, I couldn’t take it any longer, so I told her we were [too]. She knew we were closeted, but she really needed to know that. Then, we had some friends that came out from Minnesota. I told her they were coming and that they were [gay] also. So, the four of us all went to one of her baseball games. I haven’t seen her in years. I’ve seen her picture lately and I’m tickled that she’s still in town doing whatever she’s doing.

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We’re sitting at Odyssey, the guy from Stonewall comes, the gentleman who used to own it, and [he] needs some people for pictures. So what happens? Linda [McKitrick] gets up, and Julie [Amo] gets up. So I got up and went with them. The next time [my photo was in the paper], it was the Spokesman. We were out helping Julie and a couple of the other kids get the float ready [for Pride]. Then, a couple of months later, I went in to see my doctor. One of the ladies who does a lot of reception stuff said, “I saw you in the paper!” I’m looking at her wondering, “Well, was it good or was it bad?” [Laughs.] She was grinning at me.

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Source: Interview with Maureen Nickerson on 13 December 2006, held at the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture.